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True Discipleship , a much loved and much read book over the years, has a brand new look. We are excited to let you know that we have the new book in stock and are all set to ship out well in time for the holiday season. Below is Chapter 1 for you not only to enjoy, but to be challenged by as well. The Saviour is not looking for men and women who will give their spare evenings to Him—or their weekends—or their years of retirement. Rather He seeks those who will give Him first place in their lives. He looks today, as He has ever looked, not for crowds drifting aimlessly in His track, but for individual men and women whose undying allegiance will spring from their having recognized that He wants those who are prepared to follow the path of self-renunciation which He trod before them.

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This booklet is an attempt to set forth some principles of New Testament discipleship. Some of us have seen these principles in the Word for years, but somehow concluded that they were too extreme and impractical for the complicated age in which we live. And so we surrendered to the chill of our spiritual environment. We acknowledge our indebtedness to these young people for providing living examples of many of the truths set forth here.

To the extent that these truths are still beyond our own personal experience, we set forth as the aspirations of our heart. The pathway to true discipleship begins when a person is born again. It begins when the following events take place:. When a person realizes that he is sinful, lost, blind and naked before God. When he acknowledges that he cannot save himself by good character or good works. When by a definite decision of faith, he acknowledges Jesus Christ as his only Lord and Savior.

This is how a person becomes a Christian. It is important to emphasize this at the outset. Too many people think that you become a Christian by living a Christian life. NOT at all! You must first become a Christian before you can live the Christian life. The life of discipleship outlined in the following pages is a supernatural life. We do not have the power in ourselves to live it.

We need divine power. Only when we are born again do we receive the strength to live as Jesus taught. Have I become a child of God by faith in the Lord Jesus? If you have not, receive Him now as your Lord and Savior. Then determine to obey Him in all that He has commanded, whatever the cost may be.

The Savior is not looking for men and women who will give their spare evenings to Him—or their weekends—or their years of retirement. Rather He seeks those who will give Him first place in their lives. Evan Hopkins. Nothing less than unconditional surrender could ever be a fitting response to His sacrifice at Calvary. Love so amazing, so divine, could never be satisfied with less than our souls, our lives, our all. The Lord Jesus made stringent demands on those who would be His disciples—demands that are all but overlooked in this day of luxury living.

Too often we look upon Christianity as an escape from hell and a guarantee of heaven. Beyond that, we feel that we have every right to enjoy the best that this life has to offer.

We know that there are those strong verses on discipleship in the Bible, but we have difficulty reconciling them with our ideas of what Christianity should be. We can accept the fact that soldiers give their lives for patriotic reasons. We do not think it strange that Communists give their lives for political reasons. And yet the words of the Lord Jesus are clear enough. There is scarcely any room for misunderstanding if we accept them at their face value.

Here are the terms of discipleship as laid down by the Savior of the world:. This does not mean that we should ever have animosity or ill-will in our hearts toward our relatives, but it does mean that our love to Christ should be so great that all other loves are hatred by comparison. Not until we are willing to lay down our very lives for Him are we in the place where He wants us.

Denial of self is not the same as self-denial. The latter means foregoing certain foods, pleasures, or possessions. But denial of self means such complete submission to the lordship of Christ that self has no rights or authority at all.

It means that self abdicates the throne. The cross is not some physical infirmity or mental anguish; these things are common to all men. The cross is a pathway that is deliberately chosen. The cross symbolizes the shame, persecution and abuse which the world heaped upon the Son of God, and which the world will heap on all who choose to stand against the tide.

Any believer can avoid the cross simply by being conformed to the world and its ways. It was a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. It was a life of unselfish service for others. It was a life of patience and longsuffering in the face of the gravest wrongs. It was a life of zeal, of expenditure, of self-control, of meekness, of kindness, of faithfulness and of devotion Galatians , In order to be His disciples, we must walk as He walked.

We must exhibit the fruit of Christ-likeness John This is the love that esteems others better than oneself. It is the love that suffers long and is kind. It vaunts not itself and is not puffed up.

It does not behave itself unseemly; seeks not its own, is not easily provoked; thinks no evil. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things 1 Corinthians Without this love, discipleship would be a cold, legalistic asceticism.

For real discipleship there must be continuance. It is easy enough to start well, to burst forth in a blaze of glory. But the test of reality is endurance to the end. Any man who looks back after putting his hand to the plow is not fit for the kingdom of God Luke Spasmodic obedience to the Scriptures will not do.

Christ wants those who will follow Him in constant, unquestioning obedience. Clever theologians can give you a thousand reasons why it does not mean what it says, but simple disciples drink it down eagerly, assuming that the Lord Jesus knew what He was saying. What is meant by forsaking all? The man who forsakes all does not become a shiftless loafer; he works hard to provide for the current necessities of his family and himself. But since the passion of his life is to advance the cause of Christ, he invests everything above current needs in the work of the Lord and leaves the future with God.

In seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, he believes that he will never lack food and clothing. He cannot conscientiously hold on to surplus funds when souls are perishing for want of the gospel. In forsaking all, he offers what he cannot keep anyway, and what he has ceased to love. These then are the seven terms of Christian discipleship. They are clear and unequivocal. The writer realizes that in the act of setting them forth, he has condemned himself as an unprofitable servant.

Is it not true that the message is always greater than the messenger? Is it not proper that God be true and every man a liar? Confessing our past failure, let us courageously face up to the claims of Christ upon us and seek henceforth to be true disciples of our glorious Lord.

To be a disciple of the Lord Jesus, one must forsake all. This is the unmistakable meaning of the words of the Savior. Jesus did not make this demand of a certain, select class of Christian workers.

He did not say that we must simply be willing to forsake all. He did not say that we must forsake only a part of our wealth. He did not say that a diluted form of discipleship would be possible for the man who holds on to his treasures. Actually, we should not be surprised at this absolute demand, as if it were the only such suggestion in the Bible. She was not to be outdone by her husband.

My life, my reputation, my possessions, Lord, let me loose the tension of the grasping hand. Even, Father, would I lose the love of fondling. He thought Heaven, yea, equality with God, not a thing to be clutched at. So let me release my grasp. Our infidel hearts tell us that it would be impossible to take he words of the Lord literally. If we forsook all, we would starve. After all, we must make provision for our own future and the future of our loved ones. If every Christian forsook all, then who would finance the work of the Lord?

And if there were not some Christians who were wealthy, then how could the higher class of people ever be reached with the gospel? And so the arguments come pouring forth in quick succession—all to prove that the Lord Jesus could not have meant what He said.

The witness of Scripture and of experience testifies that no one who lives sacrificially for Christ will ever suffer want. When a man obeys God, the Lord takes care of him. The man who forsakes all to follow Christ is not a shiftless pauper who expects to be supported by his fellow Christians. He is industrious.

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This booklet is an attempt to set forth some principles of New Testament discipleship. Some of us have seen these principles in the Word for years, but somehow concluded that they were too extreme and impractical for the complicated age in which we live. And so we surrendered to the chill of our spiritual environment. We acknowledge our indebtedness to these young people for providing living examples of many of the truths set forth here.

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